Sugar Apple Fairy Tale is a fantasy anime produced by the Japanese animation studio J.C. Staff. It is based on the light novel series written by Miri Mikawa and illustrated by aki. Crunchyroll brought the first season to North America on their streaming service.
Anne Halford (Celeste Perez) is a lovely and determined young woman who desires to be a Silver Sugar master, a candy artisan who creates treats with magical sugar made from apples. To escort her to the capital for a competition, she purchases a mysterious and handsome warrior fairy named Challe (Ivan Jasso) and promises to free him after the contest, though he doubts her word because she has his wing which is his weakness. During the trip, her childhood friend Jonas (Matt Shipman) and his fairy Cathy (Naya Moreno) tag along and rescue the fairy Mithril (Ciaran Strange). Challe continues to tease and mock Anne, but she stays steadfast. However, Jonas betrays Anne, stealing her silver sugar and leaving her to the mercy of wolves.
The artwork for this anime is magical eye candy. I have not read the light novels, sadly, so I cannot compare the illustrations, but the animation is whimsical pastel prettiness from beginning to end. As much sparkly prettiness you would expect from a show about fairies and sugar confections. At first, the eye detail was a little uncanny, but after the second episode, it grew on me and blended well with the rest of the design.
As for the story, it was a charming tale of two very different people learning to become friends. Challe clearly hates humans for how fairies are treated in this world, little more than servants. Their story of coming together so that Anne can fulfill her dream of becoming a Silver Sugar Master like her mother. It was such a delight to watch these two battle, but eventually, become friends as tragedy happens. I’m excited it got renewed for a second season.
Check out this clip below:
This review is based on the English dub that is featured on Crunchyroll.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Mild foul language, Troubling imagery
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